Monday, July 28, 2014

IMPORTANT Information Regarding Transportation and Safety

Dear Parents,

A new school year is fast approaching, and teachers and staff are busily getting ready to welcome our students in just a few short days.  As we all prepare to get back to school routines, we want to make you aware of some campus-wide changes for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please bear in mind that our ultimate goal is to educate all students in a safe and secure environment, and in order to achieve this, we must implement procedures that reduce the likelihood of accidents and injury.

Beginning on August 6, 2014, one of the biggest changes will be the position of the buses for afternoon dismissal.  Twenty-five buses and eight daycare vans will service just the Paine Campus and this large number has always presented challenges in terms of location and distance.  In the past, all buses would line-up single-file along the curb that extends from Paine Primary to just beyond Paine Intermediate, and daycare vans/buses would line-up on the lower level of Paine Primary.  Some students would have to walk the length of the campus just to get to their bus.  This year we will double stack the buses so that they form two lanes in the center of the campus and shorten the distance students walk to reach their buses each afternoon.
However, the new configuration will allow very little room to maneuver on the front of the campus.  In addition, bus drivers will begin staging their buses at Faith Community Church at 2:15 and start entering the Paine campus each afternoon by 2:30.

For these reasons, the following changes will be effective on the first day of school and through the entire year:  
All student check-outs must be completed no later than 2:15 Tuesday-Friday and 1:15 on Monday.
All going home/changes in transportation messages must be received in the office no later than 2:15 each day (1:15 on Mondays).  Please try to limit changes to emergencies only.
If your child rides a daycare bus/van from school in the afternoon and is absent for the day or checks out before dismissal, please notify the daycare so the drivers will know not to expect the child.  When the daycare is unaware of a child’s absence, our dismissal process is delayed.
Once the buses begin to enter campus, cars will not be able to access the campus on the upper level.
We hope that by informing you early of these campus changes, you will have adequate time to prepare and make any necessary arrangements.  Thank you for working with us to ensure the Paine campus is as safe and secure as possible.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Working in the Gardens

GaTE students worked in the school garden today!  We are looking good!

Monday, July 21, 2014

PI Welcomes Dr. Autumm Jeter

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Autumn Jeter has been selected as one of the elementary principals for our three, future elementary schools. 

Dr. Jeter brings to us 13 years of educational experience in grades K-12, with 7 years as an elementary principal. Her vast knowledge and expertise as an instructional leader in the PreK-5 environment will provide innovative ideas as we develop three K-5 schools in Trussville.

This year,  Dr. Jeter will work with the administrative teams at PP and PI to become acquainted with the people and procedures in Trussville.  Dr. Jeter will prepare to serve as principal of PI in the fall of 2015, and she will  offer stimulating perspectives from her own administrative experiences to help us build capacity and develop our K-5 school configuration for 2016.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Jeter at our opening PTO meeting on Monday, August 11, at 9:00.

(Left to Right) Beth Bruno, Kristi Stacks, Autumm Jeter

TCS Schools Closed July 25-28

TCS Schools will be closed Friday, July 25, and Monday, July 28.  

We will return to a regular 5 day schedule on Monday, August 4.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

On this, the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, we remember the words of founding father John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail:
...I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory...  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Meet the Teacher Dates, Times, and Locations

All Third Grade – Monday, August 4, 5:00-6:00 @ Paine Intermediate

Fourth Grade –
                         Felts/L Smith – Thursday, July 31, 5:00-6:00 @ Paine Intermediate

                         Bettis/Higg – Monday, August 4, 5:00-6:00 @ the Trussville Mall Pavillion

Aldrich/Walls, Deneke/Dover, Hendrick/Feild, Waites/Wessel, Davis - Sunday, August 3,           1:00-2:00 @ Paine Intermediate

Fifth Grade –
                        Bramlett/Lewis/Wright – July 31, 5:30-6:30 @ Masonic Park behind Trussville Public                                         Library

Moore/Summers/Minisman, McLaughlin/Brandon/Darnell, Dahlke/Long/Long, Almon –                 Tuesday, August 5, 4:00-5:00 @ Paine Intermediate

7 Habits Training for TCS Employees

Teachers throughout our district are participating in 7 Habits training this summer.  The training is being delivered by Paine Intermediate counselors, Lauren Blake and Christy Naylor, and sponsored by Trussville City Schools and UAB Regional Inservice Center.  
Last year at Paine Intermediate, teachers and counselors began implementing the 7 Habits with students through a program called The Leader in Me.  Students are taught the 7 Habits and encouraged to use them in their daily lives.  Students are encouraged and expected to take on leadership roles at school, home, and in the community.  

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program is one of the most respected and popular learning experiences available.  These habits will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of the participants.  Below is a summary of the 7 Habits.

Habit 1:  Be Proactive - This habit helps a person take charge of his own future.  Influence at work and in one's private life is increased.  

Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind - This habit helps participants achieve the goals they have always wanted to achieve.  It helps people find a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in work and in life.  

Habit 3:  Put First Things First - This habits helps people be less crisis-driven and more in control of their lives and time.

Habit 4:  Think Win-Win - This habit builds dramatically stronger and more productive relationships.  

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood - This habit helps people to grow in understanding the most important people in their lives and to improve their ability to communicate effectively.

Habit 6:  Synergize - This habit helps when dealing with conflict.  

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw - Participants find themselves growing and improving, feeling better, and living a more purposeful life.